Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we talk about an awesome Back to the Future homage variant, highlight a sale for one of the most expensive modern variants around, and talk about content news surrounding Spidey character, Jackpot!
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COVRPRICE COMIC BOOK SHAKERS
Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our sweet Shaker List here.
SHAKER: BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 ZBOX VARIANT (IDW, 2015)
Z-Box was a VERY short-lived comic box subscription service. In their short life, they did end up putting out some rare comics, like this AWESOME variant to BACK TO THE FUTURE #1. If you’re a fan of the film series, then you know how important Grays Sports Almanac is to the 2nd film. This is a perfect recreation of that cover and is a must for BTTF fans. One fan paid $560 for a CGC 9.8 this week. Great Scott!
SHAKER: X-MEN #14 GREG HORN 1:20 70TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)
Back in July 2010/2011, Marvel did A LOT of themed variant months. In July 2011, Marvel celebrated Captain America’s 70th Anniversary with several “I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA” variants celebrating our Nation’s real-life heroes of Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Soldiers, Nurses & Doctors. With the current state of the World, these heroes’ dedication and service to their communities have never been so apparent. Collectors have started seeking out these hard to find variants and specifically pushed this Greg Horn cover to HUGE new heights with this week’s high sale of $1,049.99 for a CGC 9.8. Keep in mind that this is a variant that sold for $2 in February. So, wow! The other variants to look out for are: SECRET WARRIORS #28 JOHNSON 1:20 VARIANT & HULK #36 MACK 1:20 VARIANT. Neither has had big sales, though sellers are asking for high prices. They’re ones to watch for sure.
SHAKER: THE BATGIRL ADVENTURES #1 (DC, 1997)
With the success of BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 and BATMAN BEYOND #1, this is an animated “Adventures” book you shouldn’t overlook as raw copies range from $40 to $70. This week’s raw sale of $49.99 is a nice reminder to keep an eye out for this gorgeous Paul Dini cover.
SHAKER: BROADWAY VIDEO SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION #1 (BROADWAY, 1995)
Here’s a rare comic that you won’t see too often. In fact, this $500 raw sale is the first one we’ve seen in years. Creator Jim Shooter created Broadway Comics back in 1995 and closed it’s doors one-year later in 1996. In that time, for Christmas, this one-shot was given out to their employees. The print run is mostly unknown. This is one that rare comic hunters actively wait for.
SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #55 – MAHNKE LOBO 1:25 VARIANT (DC, 2010)
This is arguably one of Lobo’s best covers… and definitely one of our favorites. This week it hit a new height on our site at $280 for CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: MASK COMICS #1 (RURAL HOME, 1945)
Anytime we see an awesome L.B. Cole cover like this, we have to mention it. It also had a notably huge sale of $16,866 for a CGC 4.5, the highest we’ve seen yet. Classic golden age covers like this are EXCELLENT investments. As you’ll see in our price guide, a 5.0 sold in 2014 for $624. A 3.0 sold last year for $11,422 when the same grade sold for $852 in 2015. Talk about an investment book. There are still many undervalued L.B. Cole covers. Find your favorite and buy as low as possible. It’s not as old, but THRILLING CRIME CASES #49 is one of our favorites. The man sure knew his way around color usage.
SHAKER: MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 (Marvel, 2015)
With an animated Disney Channel series in production, this main cover is starting to command higher raw prices, with copies selling for $30 to $40 now. Graded copies haven’t quite jumped yet (and are actually at an all-time low), so those are great buys under $150 right now. It’s also worth noting that the 1:25 variant is selling for $150 raw right now.
SHAKER: RICK & MORTY #1 (ONI, 2015)
Love or hate Rick & Morty, this is one pricey book. This week the first print hit a new height of $1,200 for a CGC 9.8. Remember when that price was reserved for the rare 1:50?
SHAKER: SAN FRANCISCO COMIC BOOK #3 (SAN FRANCISCO COMIC BOOK COMPANY, 1971)
It’s not too often when we get to show a Robert Crumb cover. Crumb is one of the most influential creators in comics. He defined the indie market and made the weird (and sexual) highly sought after in a market that was tightly controlled by the comics code. This Crumb cover sold for a big $750 in a CGC 9.4.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #1 (DARK HORSE, 2008)
Holy smokes!! How is this book one of the most expensive modern books on the market? This shatters normal market trends and is just hitting crazy new heights. This first print hit an all-time new height of $1,440 for a CGC 9.8!! This outpaced the rare variant’s top sale of $1,360 for a CGC 9.8. We can’t wait to see what the next 9.8 sells for! Man, fingers crossed Ashoka is as awesome as we all hope she’ll be in MANDALORIAN Season 2. For more notable STAR WARS first appearances, check out this awesome master 1st appearance article from our friends at COMICBOOKINVEST.COM.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #8 (DARK HORSE, 2009)
While we’re on CLONE WARS, issue #8 is picking up as well. This issue is the 1st appearance of Clone Commander Wolffe, who is also rumored to appear in season 2 of the MANDALORIAN. It hit a high of $38 raw this week.
SHAKER: SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #4 GREG LAND 2ND PRINT (MARVEL 2019)
Okay, this is an interesting one. We also look at this book as a cautionary tale for all you fellow comic hunters. This was your run of the mill cover price 2nd print. Up until 5/18, this was a $3.99 book… until it had a sale of $53 on the 18th… then $59.99… and then a height of $152.50 raw just two days ago. First, there’s nothing notable other than a cool Greg Land cover (which is often enough of a reason). However, many pointed to a VERY low print run and cited it as RARE and HTF… until copies started showing up at Walmart randomly inserted into sealed comic packs. As you’ll notice on eBay, many sellers are calling this a “Walmart” variant, which it’s most definitely not. With these crazy high sales, folks scrambled to Walmarts to dig for this and immediately listed copies, flooding eBay. There are 4,756 Walmarts in the U.S., which translates to A LOT of copies (many report finding about 2 to 3 copies at their respective Walmart). With so many copies listed, the RARE status is gone and prices have come down. A recent NM copy sold for $70, though some lower grade (these Walmart packs have some beat-up copies) are selling for $30 to $40. It appears that most sales are going to drop to $40 due to undercutting. This is definitely one to watch.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 – TOM WALTZ VARIANT (IDW, 2019)
This fabled rare cover didn’t exist as NO pictures of one existed until this week’s rare sale, which hit $500 raw. Tom Waltz, a long-time writer of TMNT is celebrated on this Kevin Eastman cover, which was given out to IDW employees at their 2019 Holiday Party. It’ll be interesting to see if another copy comes to market. It should, seeing that it’s fairly recent.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 ULTIMATE FALLOUT MARKO DJURDJEVIC 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)
Man, regardless of Marvel Previews #95, the king of Miles Morales books is this 1:25 variant. It had a HUGE sale this week when a CGC 9.6 sold for $2,125!! The last 9.6 sold for $1,202 a few months ago. Not many modern books can see that significant of a jump.
RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS
RUMORED/OPTIONED: SONY PICTURES JACKPOT FILM
Jackpot rumors are back! If you recall, back in 2018, Sony announced they were making a JACKPOT and NIGHTWATCH film. This news gave both books a significant boost. With no new news, both first appearances settled back down. Now, DEADLINE is reporting “Marc Guggenheim Scripting Spider-Man Universe Heroine ‘Jackpot’ Movie For Sony Pictures”. This news has made her first appearance (as Sara Ehret) in this 2007 FCBD “SWING SHIFT” jump in price with raw copies now selling for $40. The second version of JACKPOT (aka Alana Jobson) appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546. The article mentions both, though it doesn’t specify which version the film will focus on. ASM #546 is seeing the biggest gains right now (both in price & quantity). It’s worth noting that both of these issues also feature the first appearances (FCBD is his first and #546 is his second) of our favorite recent villain, Mr. Negative. #546 is also the first appearance of “Freak”. So, these are both great books to own right now. The article mentions characters like NIGHTWATCH and SILK as both being in development (but with no other news). Regardless, just that mention has REALLY lit a fire under SILK. Her first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 (2004) (as Silk) are seeing raw copies sell for $60 to $100. The Ramos variant is now selling for $175 raw. Nightwatch’s firsts are WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #97 (1993) as Kevin Trench, which is selling for $10 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #99 as Nightwatch, which is selling for $20. Again, keep in mind that BOTH Nightwatch and Silk were JUST mentioned with no new news (however, we’ve always felt that Silk is one of the best Spidey characters to invest in).
RUMORED/OPTIONED: SONY FEMALE-CENTRIC MARVEL FILM
VARIETY mentioned that there’s a “Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson”. While the writer admits to not knowing WHICH character will be featured, they report insiders citing MADAME WEB, whose first is in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #210 (1980). We feel that there’s A LOT more to this story. While Madame Web is interesting, she’s so connected to the Spider-verse that we feel there could be a bigger film tucked away in this news. We shall see. Regardless, Madame Web’s first appearance hit $180 for a NM raw. The last NM raw sold in April for $108.
COMICS THE WATCHER WATCHES
WATCHING: MARVEL PREVIEWS #95 (MARVEL, 2011)
This has been quite the controversy and center of MANY debates over the last week. This preview book generally sold for $20 to $50 over the past several years until it recently skyrocketed to as high as $325 raw. Yes, this preview came out in July 2011 and Ultimate Fallout #4 came out in October 2011 (as a preview book SHOULD come out before). However, it should be noted that Miles is not mentioned nor shown anywhere inside this preview, making this a first cover appearance of Miles’ costume at best. Does that make this worth 2x the value of Ultimate Fallout #4? We’ll leave that up to you, the buyer/collector. Aside from all that, many collectors don’t agree that Diamond catalogs and preview appearances (like at the back of a comic advertising a new #1) count as true first appearances. Then there are many collectors who feel the opposite. Right now, the market is definitely putting A LOT of money behind this book and it doesn’t seem to be cooling at all. This is one we’ll be watching closely.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN BEYOND #1 (DC, 1999)
While we focus on all these Content-driven books, the first appearance of BATMAN BEYOND is moving on up! This week a CGC 9.8 hit an all-new height of $650 for a CGC 9.8!
Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]
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